Adobe working on digital photo watermark technology

Adobe is reported to be working closely with Canon, Reuters and Dartmouth College on a digital watermarking technology capable of detecting and tracking digital photos.

The technology will be embedded in a Photoshop plug-in that can establish the authenticity of a picture, as well as allow Adobe (and others) to track the origins of the image.

The aim, says Adobe, is to allow digital photo users to trace a picture all the way back to the camera and the user that created it in the first place.

The plugin will also reportedly have the ability to track all of the changes made to a photo, as well as whether the photo has been cloned or copied in any way.

Interesting stuff, but a bit of overkill, surely? Especially if the pi... police get their hands on the technology...